the American way of health coverage is close to the worst and costliest in the developed world. The Affordable Care Act puts a dent in both those features, but doesn't eliminate them.
Dec 29, 2013 Michael Hiltzik Michael Hiltzik
Paying a premium doesn't mean your costs are over. Lower premiums mean higher deductibles, higher fees at the doctor's office, higher prescription costs. You may have to pay more to see a certain doctor or go to a certain hospital.
Then there's the bottom-line rationale for the Affordable Care Act, from its inception. As Aaron Carroll of Indiana University pointed out in a recent blog post, "reducing the number of uninsured is a good thing, not a bad thing." And that hasn't changed.
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